A Sense of Place, The Particularity of A Moment (4weeks/Online)
Instructor: Visiting Artist Gage Opdenbrouw
Wednesdays, September 23, 30, October 7, 14
2-5 pm EST
Taught live via Zoom
Every place I’ve ever been has its own quality of light, of space, color, and capturing these specifics in an evocative way has always been important to me in my work. Every moment, too, is distinct from the next, and the question becomes, are we really paying attention? I often find that I am more sharply aware when traveling as my mind loses its normal track in the rut of familiarity and perception becomes sharper. And then of course there are the moments where we find we have traveled in ourselves without having moved.
From this perspective, although we can hope to make a pleasing painting, painting becomes more of a meditation, a way of paying attention. Of recognizing the beauty in anything and everything.
This class will encourage us to look more deeply, more slowly and with reverence, at the places in our lives, and I will share some of my own work and travels related to this sort of engagement. Having traveled almost incessantly for the last 3 years, and now unable to do so, for the moment, this will offer me a chance to dig more deeply into my memories of these places and my responses to those memories, and I’ll expand upon my work based on each place as part of the class via time-lapse videos and stills.
We’ll also make plenty of time each week for you to produce and share similarly motivated works, and to discuss and critique them together as a group. The first two weeks participants will focus their work on a location in their current immediate surroundings, working during the weeks between classes. It can be an interior space, a view out the window, or a landscape in the neighborhood. The last two weeks will focus on memory of a place traveled to, or another not so immediate place. Photo references as a memory aid may be used. A platform for posting work will be provided.
The Class is open to any traditional drawing and painting media though I will work frequently in oils. Use what you are used to, but some suggestions are included.
What I will focus on each week in my demos and discussions:
Week 1: What once was home 1977-2021: Northern California & the Bay Area, Oakland and San Francisco
Week 2: The Northeast: Boston, Philadelphia and surrounding areas
Week 3: The Northwest: Mineral, Seattle, the San Juans, The Olympic Peninsula
Week 4: Italy—Lazio and Umbria
Gage Opdenbrouw is a painter whose works bridge representation and abstraction. He aims to distill his imagery to a point of powerful emotional resonance while maintaining a deep sense of mystery, allowing the viewer's experience to be an important part of completing the picture. While his works span many outward subjects, the recurrent subject is the richness and radiant beauty hidden beneath the surface of the observed world, the vastness of the interior worlds, and the resonance between the two. His work is exhibited nationally, and he is featured in the acclaimed book by John Seed, Disrupted Realism. Opdenbrouw was born and raised in San Jose CA, earned an arts degree from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and is currently based in San Francisco.
[artwork: Gage Opdenbrouw, Oakland Studio #4, oil on panel, 22x22]
Once registered, you will receive an email containing information on how to join Zoom 24 hours before or the morning of the start of the class or workshop.